Editor's Note – Though Cardinal Gibbons has moved its celebration of Catholic Schools Week to March; the national commemoration began on January 31 and continues through February 6. We will recognize the national effort with a special series that spotlights the amazing educators at Gibbons and why they chose to work here. The answers they share underscore the theme of this year’s national celebration: “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Each day this week we will share an educator’s answers with you.
Today, February 3 we continue the series, The Gibbons Connection, with Science educator Diane Ripollone who has worked at Gibbons for 23 years. She is pictured above.
Q: Why did I choose to work at Catholic School in general and Gibbons in particular?
A: Early in my teaching career, I worked at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington New York. There, I became friends with the Franciscan Brothers, the school’s administrators. When the brothers came to North Carolina to administer at Cardinal Gibbons they offered a position to me. For most of my 35-year teaching career, I have worked at a Catholic school. The love and caring that you receive can’t be duplicated anywhere else. To this day I remain friends with everyone in both schools. The brothers have been like family to me and Cardinal Gibbons remains my home even after they left. It has been a blessing to be here.
Q: What do you love most about working at Gibbons?
A: Every day is different at Gibbons. Students make the days fun and enjoyable. I have never been disappointed when coming to school. And when tragedy hits, the community comes together. People are always showing their love and caring for everyone. This is what I love the most about Gibbons.
Be sure to check back with us in March!